1 February 2014

I Love...January 2014 Edition!

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
Soap & Glory 'Smoothie Star' body scrub
The Body Shop's Born Lippy in watermelon
Impulse 'Secret Smile' body spray
Urban Decay Naked Basics palette
Real Techniques contour brush
January was a great month as far as reading goes, partly because I was internet-less for a week at the beginning of the month and partly because I got some amazing books for Christmas that made me really enthusiastic about reading again. I read 6 books in total (reading wrap-up coming soon!) and I honestly loved them all but I think 'Lola and the Boy Next Door' by Stephanie Perkins was probably my favourite.  I got it read in a few days and loved every single word. Stephanie Perkins is an amazing author with a real talent for setting the scene really vividly (this was evident in 'Anna and the French Kiss' - it feels like you are actually in Paris with Anna and St Clair) and was shown in 'Lola and the Boy Next Door' when she was describing Lola's neighbourhood. I absolutely love the characters that Stephanie Perkins creates and I seriously fell in love with Cricket Bell. He's just perfect... 'Lola and the Boy Next Door' is just as amazing as 'Anna and the French Kiss', if not better. 

All of my beauty favourites were actually discovered in December (either Christmas presents from family and friends or Christmas presents from me, to me...) and I've used them all pretty much daily all through January. I've wanted Soap & Glory's 'Smoothie Star' for well over a year but it was only when I decided to buy a few friends some S&G stuff that I bought it for myself. It was a little Christmas present to myself...:3 It smells unbelievable (like maple syrup) and makes your skin really smooth. It's not the cheapest body scrub ever but I've been using it twice a week since Christmas and have hardly made a dent in it, so it's definitely worth the money.  Rachel got me a set of Body Shop Born Lippy's for Christmas (thank you!) so I've been using the watermelon one a lot over the past month. It smells so good and is pretty moisturising. Another Christmas present to myself was the Impulse 'Secret Smile' body spray. There's not much to say about it because it is just a body spray, but it smells really lovely - raspberry and gardenia, apparently - and is pretty damn cheap.

The last two favourites were featured in my Christmas post - here: the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette and the Real Techniques contour brush. I've been using both of these daily since Christmas and have been quickly falling in love with them. Urban Decay make unbelievable eye-shadows - they're so smooth, not at all chalky and are highly pigmented - and I've never used a brush as soft as the Real Techniques contour brush. I actually use the brush for my powder (Rimmel Stay Matte) because I prefer applying it with a small brush and I've found that the contour brush is perfect for the job. Real Techniques brushes are amazing quality and are pretty affordable. The contour brush was part of the Core Collection but I think you can get it individually. 

I hope January treated you well! What were your favourites from the past month? ^_^
Lots of love, Cat


  1. Cute blog - new followe here, would love if you could check out mine if you get the time :) x

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  2. Looking forward to read that book. I also love Ana and the French kiss! ♥


    1. Lola & the Boy Next Door is amazing - you should check it out! ^_^ xx

  3. I love that lipbalm! It tastes absolutely amazing.. not like I eat it or anything, lol :) I also got the RT brush set for Christmas and I really like the contour brush as well, it's much better than the last one I had :)

    I've tagged you to do the 30 Questions Tag! I hope you'll have a go at it :) xo

    1. It does taste great....haha! :'D I'll add the tag to my list of possible posts - thanks for tagging me! ^_^ xx

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